Walkman Turns 30

Posted by Scott

Create Digital Music has a nice piece on the Walkman’s 30th Birthday. Pretty surprising actually, I don’t think I became aware of the Walkman until ’85 or so. Peter Kirn makes a good point: “Sony once had iconic design..” Link

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Tim says:

July 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

Did you know that Sony put two headphone jacks on the first Walkman because they thought that listening to music through headphones in public was anti-social? You can see it in the top of the middle picture.


Mark C. says:

July 23, 2009 at 9:30 am

Oh wow, just….wow! The Sony Walkman–holy sh!t–LOL!!! My mom had one back in, like, 1982. Hers didn’t have a tack player though; it was just a little dark blue radio unit. I remember the sound being really crisp and clear. I had forgotten all about these.


Scott says:

July 23, 2009 at 3:30 pm

really? that’s crazy. I also love the independent Left/Right volume controls as if any consumer user would ever use them.


RA_OUL says:

July 24, 2009 at 10:34 am

This is an awesome post because I just picked up a Sony Walkman WM-F17 4 months ago. I forgot what year it was made (1984-86). It has a lot of similar attributes as the one here. There’s really something special about popping a cassette in the player.